From the clothes flaunted on campus in decades past, to some of our recent fashion connections, we take a look at the good, the bad and the ‘oh my’ of University of Sydney fashion.
To celebrate Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, we delve into some fashion milestones that have graced our campuses.
During the 1920s students were encouraged to dress formally for lectures, made all the easier with a David Jones store in the Holme Building (previously the Mens’ Union Building).
Lisa participated in an on-campus panel discussion examining eco-friendly fashion. The podcast also features Kit Willow Podgornik, the founder of WILLOW and KITX, and Jaana Quaintance-James, the Ethical Sourcing Manager at David Jones.
Sydney alumna, Pip Edwards, is co-founder and director of sports-inspired label P.E. Nation. Pip is a veteran designer in the Australian fashion space, having designed for labels such as General Pants Co, Sass and Bide, and Ksubi after completing her Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) at the University of Sydney in 2003.
Earlier this year Australian fashion label Zimmermann released a collection called The Maples, which was inspired by photos of University of Sydney Women's College students, who were housed in a building called The Maples following the First World War. Founders Nicky and Simone Zimmermann said of their inspiration:
"The starting point for the collection was a look at the life of female students attending the University of Sydney during the time. We looked at amazing photos of the period - these young women playing sport wearing traditional men's attire - cricket whites and team blazers, slouchy sweaters, oversized coats. They smiled, they had defiance and there was something a bit roguish about it all."
Can you work out which spots on campus were featured in a photoshoot with Karlie Kloss earlier this year?
1930s: the wartime era saw 1930s fashion on campus retaining the sophistication of the '20s, with hats and dapper suits still very much all the rage.
1940s: let the suave editorial staff of Honi Soi (above image) show you how things were done in the '40s.
1950s: the post-war era saw the development of new fabrics such as polyester and spandex and more emphasis on luxury clothing. Longer skirts and sportswear increased in popularity.
1960s: For women, the '60s heralded in the era of miniskirts and tailored suit dresses à la Twiggy and Jackie Kennedy.
1970s: nothing sums up the '70s era better than moustaches and bellbottoms, and fashion on campus was no exception.
1980s: shoulder pads, overalls and loud colours were king in the '80s, and our '80s cohort were ardent adopters.
1990s: in the grunge-era, our students strutted down Eastern Avenue in oversized shirts, plaid and high-waisted pants.
We celebrate the achievements and values of our students and alumni in a campaign that rolled out on campus, online, and on train stations, buses and street posters across Sydney last week.
Wheelchair basketball athletes from the NSW Institute of Sport and Wheelchair Sports NSW showed their support for the Pave the Way campaign this week.